at the Museum

Every year, the National Constitution Center hosts the best Constitution Day Celebration in the country.  We are the place to turn to help you commemorate that historic day while meeting your federal education requirements.  Join us at the museum for outstanding and engaging programs or use our fantastic on-line resources in your classroom.

Museum admission is FREE on September 17, made possible by the Present Progressive Fund, though the Schwab Charitable Fund.

Flag Raising Ceremony and Preamble Challenge
8:30 A.M.
To kick off the day, visitors can join the Sons of the American Revolution and the Daughters of the American Revolution for a patriotic flag raising ceremony and a live performance of the Star-Spangled Banner. To conclude the ceremony, National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen will lead students in a rousing reading of the Preamble of the Constitution.

Judge Chats: The Courts in the Community
10 A.M.-1 P.M.
Students and teachers can attend one of these great sessions with real judges, where they will have the opportunity to speak with experts on the interpretation of law and about how the Constitution can affect everyday life.

*This program is open to student groups, and advanced reservations are required. Speak to a Group Sales Representative at 215-409-6800.

2018 Constitution Day Naturalization Ceremony
10:30 A.M.
Fifty immigrants from across the globe will take the Oath of Allegiance to officially become citizens of the United States. All of the new citizens will be given lifetime memberships to the National Constitution Center. 
*Seating for this event is limited. Priority will be given to immigrants and their families.

The Constitution’s Birthday Celebration
12:15 P.M.
During the lunch hour, the museum offers cake (shaped and designed to look like the Constitution) and invites visitors to sing along to Happy Birthday and other favorite tunes to celebrate the anniversary of the Constitution’s signing. This celebration is complete with confetti and appearances by Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

Student Town Hall with Linda Monk
12:30 P.M.
Join constitutional scholar, journalist, and nationally award-winning author Linda Monk, J.D., as she talks her new book, The Bill of Rights: A User’s Guide.  The book explores the remarkable history of the first ten amendments to the Constitution
*This program is open to middle school student groups, and advanced reservations are required. Speak to a Group Sales Representative at 215-409-6800.

Town Hall Program: Why State Constitution’s Matter
3:30 P.M.
Judge Jeffrey S. Sutton, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and author of the new book, 51 Imperfect Solutions: States and the Making of American Constitutional Law, explores four constitutional debates — school funding, the exclusionary rule, eugenics, and mandatory flag salutes — to shed light on the importance of state courts and state constitutions in protecting liberty. Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, moderates. Copies of 51 Imperfect Solutions will be available for sale before and after the program. You can also pre-purchase your discounted copy at checkout!
*Reserve tickets for this program online, or call 215-409-6700.

Additional Student Programming

Constitution Day Games and Arts and Crafts
9:30 A.M. – 3:30 P.M., Front Lawn and Grand Hall Lobby and Overlook

Bill of Rights show
Who wants to be a “Bill”-ionaire? In the museum’s fast-paced game show, visitors face off in a fun competition testing their Bill of Rights knowledge while an engaging host reveals the real deal about our amendments and freedoms.

Separation of Powers show
This high-energy show explores how our Constitution limits government by separating powers—a truly revolutionary idea! Take part in an educational tug-of-war game between the executive, legislative, and judicial branches while learning about checks and balances.

Pass the Citizenship Test show
Do you know what it takes to become an American citizen? During this engaging program, you’ll learn about the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and gain insight into our country and our freedoms.

Shop for Materials

Pocket Constitution
Pocket Constitution
The Pocket United States Constitutions are 9-by-22 inches and fold into an approximately 3-by-3 inch square. Receive one FREE Classroom-Ready Resource when purchasing 150 or more Pocket Constitutions.
Constitution Day Kit
Constitution Day Kit
Everything you need for a Constitution Day lesson and activities. Comes with lesson plan, DVD, pocket constitutions and more!